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Festival del Nopal set for July 27

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014

SANTA CRUZ — The fifth annual Festival del Nopal (cactus) is coming next week to downtown Santa Cruz. The free event includes live music, plenty of freshly prepared food, dancing, traditional folkloric performances, and a recipe contest.

“For hundreds of years, the cactus, particularly the prickly pear cactus, has long been a staple in the diet of many Mexican and Latin American people,” an organizer said. “Also revered as a source of national pride in Mexico, the prickly pear cactus is featured on the Mexican flag with an eagle standing atop the cactus and a serpent caught in its beak to symbolize the location where the ancient Aztecs were instructed by their gods to build the great City of Tenochtitlan, where Mexico City now stands.”

The market for the event is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the program runs from noon to 6 p.m. on July 27 near the corner of Lincoln and Cedar streets.

For information, call 295-2518 or visit www.festivaldelnopal.com.

For the complete article see the 07-19-2014 issue.

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